Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions given below it. Certain words/phrases have been printed in bold to help you locate them while answering some of the questions

Jagir Singh has sold red onions at a market in south Delhi every day for the past half-century.Perched on an upturned crate wrapped tight against the chill air he offers pyaz a staple for much Indian cooking, for 60 rs a kilo the most he can remember.Business is brisk but most customers pick up only a small handful of onions.That is just as well Wholesale supplies are tight he says and the quality is poor.
As India’s economy grows by some 9% a year food prices are soaring In late December the commerce ministry judged that food inflation had reached 18.3% with pricey vegetables mostly to blame.Officials have made some attempts to temper the rise in the past month scrapping import taxes for onions banning their export and ordering low-priced sales at government-run shops. But there is no quick fix
Heavy rain in the west of India brought a rotten harvest Vegetables from farther afield-including a politically sensitive delivery from a neighbouring country are costly to move on India crowded pot-holed roads. Few refrigerated lorries and poor logistics mean that much of each harvested is wasted Newspapers allege hoarders are cashing in
The biggest problem are structural Food producers hampered by land restrictions archaic retail networks and bad infrastructure fail to meet extra demand from consumers It was estimated in October that a 39% rise in income per person in the previous five years might have created an extra 220 million regular consumer of milk eggs meat and fish Supplies have not kept up with this potential demand
The broader inflation rate may be a less eye watering problem than the onions suggest The central bank has lifted interest rates steadily in the past year and is expected to do so again later this month Headline inflation fell to 7.5% in November down by just over a percentage points from October though it is still above the central bank’s forecaste of 5.5% for March.

Question 156

What can be said about the sale of onions at present as given in the passage ?


At the start of the passage, in the first paragraph, author mentions that people are not buying as much onion as they used to. This is inspite of the fact that sale is brisk.

Hence, the correct option is B.

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